EY Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
4,650 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Policies on flexible-working supports the principle of a work-life balance (in 232 reviews)

  • it's a good place to start your career (max 3 yrs) or good if you have a family (in 104 reviews)


Cons
  • very poor work life balance; not enough staff to meet client needs; quite political (in 671 reviews)

  • Same cons as working at any consulting firm -- you will be work long hours (in 704 reviews)

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  1.  

    You stay, you get promoted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    free meals on clients... what more can I say :)

    Cons

    lazy management that gets promoted because they stayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you skipped raises for a year in 2009. I can never forgive you.

  2.  

    Great place to work overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advisory in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Advisory in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, great opportunities for career advancement, high exposure to senior management both client side and internal, a culture that supports counseling and mentorship. You get to work with very smart professionals. You will learn a lot and will never be bored.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, long work hours, including weekends. Also travel is 100%.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much emphasis for employees to participate in all these internal initiatives which everyone has to do on top of their daily jobs, which means working very late at night. Also the pressure to attend the never-ending after hours "networking" events is over the top. Not everyone is an outgoing extrovert, and some people want to go home after spending 10 hours in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best companies I have worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Multi cultural environment. Access to all levels from partners and mailroom clerk. Also access to resources to grow personal and professional.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth in the technology department. They have training for everything but not much hands on. Everything is automated rebuild of a machine is done from off the servers load sets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow easy transition between department.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Educational but stressful.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Staff in New York, NY

    I have been working at EY full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are a a lot of good experience and projects to learn from.

    Cons

    No work life balance is you want to be a good staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about staff's careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not sure what to think

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    The best would have to be, if you have the flexibility to travel there is so much opportunity to live in different cities or do a rotation abroad, even as a staff and certainly as a senior. Another outstanding perk is the EYU training - I am surprised that EY hasn't taken the steps to get EYU accredited as a masters of tax program - its really quality, and I really appreciated the huge push for continuing education that EY takes, far beyond CPA requirements. For working parents, there is flexibility available, and probably one of the best maternity leaves available here in the US (where no leave is mandated).

    Cons

    The biggest con for me actually is born out of one of the pros i listed - flexibility. I think EY is going through some growing pains with regards to how to manage is flexible work arrangements - which really only became something actively pursued by many in the last 5 years or so. I was told that choosing an "FWA" wouldn't affect promotion or raises, but unfortunately this hasn't panned out. I get high ratings but it is never reflected in my raises. I have watched those that I was hired with pass me by miles, some are two "titles" ahead of me. It is what it is, I would be hard pressed to find the flexibility afforded to me by EY at another employer. I just have to live with the fact that my male counterparts (those in the same title I am, not counting the passed over promotions) probably make 15-20k more than I do if I annualized my salary. OK, all my cons would be irrelevant if you were not seeking an FWA - the other con for all that I would point out is that EY has just started adding bonuses for SOME of its employees, I know that is something standard and expected at other firms but not the case at EY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate how FWA employees fall into the metrics, salary, and promotion evaluations. If on one hand you are telling an FWA employee that their promotions wont be affected but on the other you are asking them to take extra staff and senior years...... you will then have an old staff or senior who becomes ineligible for even a tiny raise because they "should" have been promoted and may appear to be earning high for a person in that position even if they have many years of experience. In my opinion - FWAs should be pulled out of the calculation and considered separately.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Trying to move beyond accounting and tax

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY full-time

    Pros

    Will see a variety of companies and projects; most people are good to be around socially; company says the right things about work/life balance and has good benefits; ambitious growth plans that extend skills beyond accounting and tax. Learning is good when you get it, but its inconsistent

    Cons

    IT is a constant frustration, but getting better; some projects can work you day and night, so work/life balance is not as good as management strives for; most people are deep in some functional capacity (risk, IT, HR, accounting, tax, compliance, etc.), fewer are deep in industry. Firm seems to prefer depth in functionality to industry.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Staff 1

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EY full-time

    Pros

    Great experience which will give good job opportunities

    Cons

    The pay is horrible in the early years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give holiday bonuses or ended or busy season bonues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your experience will depend on your teams

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EY

    Pros

    good place to start career for the brand name

    Cons

    long hours, little upside in salary increase

  10.  

    Over all good, everyone is overworked during busy season, that is just standard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Assurance Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at EY as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, good job security if you can stick with it.

    Cons

    No work satisfaction, Auditing in general is boring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Colleague success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at EY full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    rapid ascend of a colleague who demonstrated these characteristics, somewhat "basic": (1) developed focus on one functional area, (2) was a doer and good at following up on promises to deliver, and (3) demonstrated professionalism with people matters

    Cons

    the encouragement given to this colleague could be more widespread, because there are more untapped win-win situations, where people possess similar potential and leadership's encouragement and recognition could yield similar results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tap into the leadership potential of your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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